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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

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Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C- in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Students in the program can challenge courses in the program. If you have successful work experience in the Applied Financial Services field, and you can provide evidence of your skills and knowledge to meet learning outcomes for courses within the program, you may be able to challenge courses through PLAR.

For all course challenges, you must first apply to the program, be accepted and have paid your non-refundable tuition deposit. You can only receive credit for up to 50% of any NAIT credit program.

To learn more and to begin the process, read through the following

  1. Fact Sheet - Personal Fitness Training (pdf)
  2. Candidate Guide - Personal Fitness Training (pdf)
  3. Applicaton Form (pdf)
  4. Payment Form (pdf)

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

The Personal Fitness Trainer program combines the hands-on practice of physical training and safe exercise with the knowledge of nutrition and lifestyle counselling to create one of the most in-demand fitness programs in Alberta.

NAIT’s Personal Fitness Trainer faculty have an average of 20 years of industry experience and the program incorporates business management and marketing practices for entrepreneurial graduates that want to start their own fitness empire.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

You’ll work with a variety of fitness and testing equipment including:

  • Treadmills
  •  Free weights
  • Metabolic carts
  • 12-lead ECGs

You’ll learn:

  • How to assess and monitor fitness levels using: stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, heart rate monitors, BIA body fat measuring devices, analyzers and pulse oximeters
  • Information about muscle oxygenation, EMG and portable slacklines

You can expect to spend on average of 8 to 10 hours of online and individual study time per week per course.

If you choose to enrol in our online offering, you will require access to a digital camera or video camera. Some online courses will require the use of specialized equipment that you can access at any major gym facility.

Enter the workforce with confidence 

Personal fitness trainer graduates will typically be employed or contracted by private fitness centres or studios, employee fitness centres, public recreation facilities, rehabilitation settings and seniors recreation centres. There are also a variety of self-employment opportunities, as more people contract the services of a personal fitness trainer independently.

Our program includes a very strong entrepreneurial focus, which will give you the tools to open your own fitness business.

Upon graduation of the Personal Fitness Trainer program, you may be eligible for transfer credit to the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Physical Education, University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Technology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Bachelor of Health Science, Thompson Rivers University
  • Bachelor of Applied Management, University of New Brunswick
  • Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, University of Lethbridge
  • Bachelor of Science, Human Science, Athabasca University
  • Bachelor of Professional Arts, Human Services, Athabasca University

Have questions? We've got answers

If you’re looking for more information or have a question about the Personal Fitness Trainer program, we can help.

Our program advisors are here to answer your questions.

Email: pft@nait.ca
Phone: 780.471.8990



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Term 1

ANAT1120Human Anatomy
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT1120, PFT120, SPFT120
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will learn and use anatomical terminology to identify and summarize the structures of the eleven systems of the human body. There will be a strong focus on the skeletal and muscular systems as they relate to personal fitness training.

PFTR1121Foundations for Personal Trainers
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT1121, PFT121, SPFT121
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will learn visual and verbal communication skills to improve performance and build relationships. Personal management and wellness strategies will also be discussed as they relate to personal training and managing a business.

PFTR1122Applied Movement Mechanics
  • Requisites: Co-Requisite: ANAT1120. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT1122, PFT122, SPFT122
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will learn basic biomechanical concepts related to human movement and posture. Recognizing these concepts allows a student to review the interrelationship between posture, movement and exercise choice. The goal from this course is to analyse posture, movement and exercise.

PFTR1123Applied Physiology of Exercise
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT1123, PFT123, SPFT123
  • Open Studies: Available

This course will examine the physiology of the human body at rest, its control mechanisms, and changes due to chronic exercise. Responses during acute exercise and the main adaptations due to chronic exercise will be explored.

PFTR1224Introduction to Assessment and Counselling
  • Open Studies: Available

Students learn the relationship between lifestyle habits and health, apply different behaviour change models to develop strategies for assisting clients with lifestyle changes, and acquire skills to conduct a fitness and lifestyle assessment.

Term 2

LEAD1221Leadership Studies
  • Requisites: Pre-requisite: PFTR1121. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: LEAD2370, PFT1221, PFT321, SPFT321
  • Open Studies: Available

This course has as its central focus the development of leadership ability. The course provides a basic understanding of leadership and group dynamics theory. Students will develop a personal philosophy of leadership, an awareness of the moral and ethical responsibilities of leadership and one's own style of leadership. It provides the opportunity to develop essential leadership skills through study, participation, and observation of these skills.

NUTR1124Applied Nutrition Strategies
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT1224, PFT220, SPFT220
  • Open Studies: Available

This course will provide the opportunity to learn about basic nutrition concepts. Strategies for discussing the important relationship between dietary intake, physical activity and body weight management are reviewed.

PFTR1220Functional Training and Assessment
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program. Prerequisites: ANAT1120. PFTR1122, PFTR1123. Co-requisite: PFTR1222.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT1220, PFT322, SPFT322
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Functional training builds the foundation necessary to enhance performance in strength, power and speed in either daily living, activities or sport. This course explores training methods to refine stability, balance, movement and overall strength. Learn to assess movement quality, interpret results and design functional programs specific to movement efficiency, quality and functional strength.

PFTR1222Resistance Training and Assessment
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program. Prerequisites: ANAT1120, PFTR1122, PFTR1123, PFTR1224.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT1222, PFT222, SPFT222
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will focus on the science of resistance training and exercise techniques. Course content includes both theory and practical application. Theoretical content consists of: the value of resistance training, physiological adaptations, equipment and training modalities, program design, and exercise prescription specific to muscular development. Specific exercise applications include: assessment protocols, exercise demonstration of various training methods, cueing and spotting techniques specific to resistance training.

PFTR1223Aerobic Training and Assessment
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program. Prerequisites: ANAT1120, PFTR1122, PFTR1123, PFTR1224.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT1223, PFT223, SPFT223
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course focuses on the development of aerobic/endurance training programs for improved health, performance, and body composition. Students will learn to administer and interpret aerobic fitness assessments; develop endurance training programs; and monitor clients during training.

Term 3

BUSN2421Marketing for Exercise Professionals
  • Requisites: Pre-requisite: PFTR1121. This course is available for Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT326, SPFT326
  • Open Studies: Available

In this course, students will learn effective strategies to promote personal training, fitness trends and themselves in the fitness and health industry.

PFTR2320Advanced Movement Considerations
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program. Prerequisite: PFTR1220, PFTR1222.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT320, SPFT320
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course students learn to recognize human movement dysfunction, impairment, and injury potential. Students learn to identify sources of impairment using a variety of movement and muscle assessment techniques. Students then apply corrective exercise strategies to help clients reduce injury potential, recover from impairments and improve performance.

PFTR2323Performance Training Strategies
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program. Prerequisites: PFTR1220, PFTR1222, PFTR1223, NUTR1124.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT423, SPFT423
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will examine methods for developing individualized training programs for athletes. Sport-related assessments and training methods will be explored.

PFTR2324Lifespan and Clinical Exercise Considerations I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Training program. Prerequisites: PFTR1220, PFTR1222, PFTR1223, PFTR1224, NUTR1124.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT324, SPFT324
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will cover exercise considerations for individuals with cardiovascular, cancer, and orthopedic conditions as well as exercise considerations for the very young and an aging population.

PFTR2390Practicum I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program. Prerequisites: LEAD1221, PFTR1220, PFTR1222, PFTR1223, NUTR1124. Co-requisites: PFTR2324.
  • Course Equivalencies: SPFT325
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This experiential class is designed to simulate personal fitness training scenarios with clientele in the pursuit of healthy active lifestyles. Students will be assigned to clients and asked to utilize the concepts of client-centered exercise prescription. Skills practiced include information gathering, conducting assessments, providing appropriate feedback and program design.

Term 4

BUSN2321Business Strategies for Exercise Professionals
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: BUSN2421. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT420, SPFT420
  • Open Studies: Available

This course provides the business foundation for entering the Personal Fitness Training profession. Students will learn about business practices and structures, business operation, liability issues, business development, and financial management.

PFTR2423Applied Exercise Professional Strategies
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program. Prerequisite: PFTR2390, PFTR2320, PFTR2323. Co-requisite: PFTR2424.
  • Course Equivalencies: SPFT428
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course students will refine skills in the area of program design: planning, counseling, motivation, exercise demonstration and technique, equipment selection, prescription, and modification.

PFTR2424Lifespan and Clinical Exercise Considerations II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Training program. Prerequisite: PFTR2324.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT424, SPFT424
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course the student will continue to learn the benefits of exercise for individuals with various conditions: psychological, respiratory, metabolic, and spinal cord injury. Requirements of an emergency action plan and how to implement an action plan will be discussed.

PFTR2491Practicum II: Professional Experience
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program. Prerequisites: PFTR2390, PFTR2323, PFTR2320. Co-requisites: PFTR2424, BUSN2321.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT425, SPFT425
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course involves work-integrated learning experiences. It is a synthesis of all the human movement theory and skill learned, put into practice. In collaboration with external partners, students demonstrate their professionalism working with clients in 'real life' settings. Assessments, programming and evaluation, leadership and business skills are fine tuned.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $145
Tuition Cap: $1,883

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $602
Tuition Cap: $7,814

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Please contact the program area for more information.

The tuition and fee amounts are valid for the current academic year and are subject to change for subsequent intakes. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. The approved tuition and fee information for your intake will be available in April.

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 08, 2020

Term Start Date: Sep 08, 2020

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 English (English 30-1 or 30-2)
  • Math 20-1 or 20-2 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20
  • Biology 30
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

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Additional Requirements and Considerations

  • First Aid – PRIOR TO CLINICAL

Students must provide evidence of current BLS certification before commencing clinical training. BLS certification must remain current throughout clinical training, therefore, it is recommended that certification is obtained just prior to clinical training commencement. The BLS certification course that meets this requirement must be designed for individuals who will be health care providers. The NAIT Continuing Education Course that meets this requirement is CPRS100 - Basic Life Support.

  • Computer Literacy - Strong

Applicants are required to possess strong computer skills to ensure a successful progression in this course. Necessary skills include, but are not limited to, fluency in Microsoft Office, proficiency in typing and keyboard entry, and email and web best practices.

  • International students and online courses

International students must be careful when enrolling in online courses. Enrolling in too many online courses can impact the ability to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) through the Government of Canada. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure in-class course enrollment is sufficient to qualify for a PGWP.

The maximum number of online courses an applicant may take varies, and depends on the ratio of in-class and online course enrollment. To confirm acceptable ratio of on-line to in-class course enrollment to qualify for a PGWP, contact the NAIT International Centre.

International Student Advisors are available to help with this and many other questions. Contact the NAIT International Centre to book an appointment.

Phone: 780.378.6130

E-mail: internationalcentre@nait.ca

For more information about qualifying for a PGWP and other information about studying and working in Canada, contact Government of Canada.

Phone: 1-888-242-2100

Website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/temp/students/consider.asp

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Open Studies

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International Students

This program is open to international applicants. For more detailed information about applying, visit our admissions page. Learn more

Legend

Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.


*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship II $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 4

Criteria:
Available to first year students in the JR Shaw School of Business and the School of Health and Life Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first semester marks.

Katie & John Lashuk Bursary $2,000.00
  • Award Amount: $2,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 2

Criteria:
Available to students entering the second year of a program in the School of Health Sciences at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement in the first year and demonstrated financial need.

Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary - Health Sciences $1,250.00
  • Award Amount: $1,250.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to full-time students entering a Health Sciences program at NAIT of two or more years' duration. Awarded on the basis of superior academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship I $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 3

Criteria:
Available to second year students in the JR Shaw School of Business and the School of Health and Life Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first year marks.

World Health Edmonton Inc. & Spa Lady Inc. Scholarship - Winter $500.00
  • Award Amount: $500.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to a continuing student enrolled in the Personal Fitness Trainer program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of above-academic achievement in the second year of the program and community involvement or volunteer work.

TH Bursary I $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to a second year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.

TH Bursary II $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to a first year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.

Fitness West Bursary $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to first year students enrolled in the Personal Fitness Trainer program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement in the first semester of the program and demonstrated financial need.

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